Himalayan Art Resources

Buddhist Deity: Ushnishavijaya Iconography

Ushnishavijaya Main Page

Subjects, Topics & Types:
- Ushnishavijaya Description (below)
- Explanation of Iconographic Form
- Ushnishavijaya Stupa Sculpture
- Ushnishavijaya Stupa (Sakya Town)
- Confusions: Pratisara, Pancha Raksha
- Others...

Iconographic Forms:
- Solitary (one face, two arms)
- Solitary (three faces, eight arms)
- Nine Deity Mandala (three faces, eight arms): HAR 58138, HAR 58267
- Thirty-three Deity Mandala (three faces, eight arms): HAR 88540, HAR 79155
- Others...

"...Ushnishavijaya, the colour of an autumn moon, with three faces, white, yellow and blue and eight hands. Each face has three very large eyes. The first right hand holds a vishvavajra, second a white lotus with Amitabha [Buddha] residing, third an arrow and the fourth in [the gesture of] supreme generosity. The first left holds a vajra lasso, second a bow, third [in the gesture of] bestowing protection and fourth in [the gesture of] meditative equipoise holding an auspicious nectar vase; complete with silks and jewel ornaments, seated in [vajra] posture. Within the outer circle of the stupa, on the right [side of the chaitya], above a moon is Avalokiteshvara with a body white in colour, the left hand holds a lotus. On the left [of the chaitya], above a sun is Vajrapani, blue, the left hand holds an utpala with a vajra; standing in a peaceful manner and adorned with silks and jewels." (Jamyang Kyentse Wangpo, 1820-1892).

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Jeff Watt [updated 5-2017, 1-2020]

(The images below are only a selection of examples from the links above).